“Whether we experience what happens to us as obstacle and enemy or as teacher and friend depends entirely on our perception of reality. It depends on our relationship with ourselves.”Pema Chödrön
We all tend to hold on to perceptions that no longer serve us. Whether it’s an old grudge, a limiting belief, or a story we tell ourselves about our past, these things can weigh us down and keep us from moving forward. The awakening journey asks us to take on new perceptions of ourselves, others, and the things we experience.
If we want to be at peace with what is, we must let go of these old stories and beliefs. This doesn’t mean we have to forget our history, but instead, we try to view it through a new lens. Maybe our perceived failures were stepping stones to something better. Maybe painful situations taught us important lessons.
Wayne Dyer said, “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” We can find the peace we seek when we are open to viewing ourselves and the world around us through a new lens.
What perception are you willing to shift today?